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First Breathtaking Images from Europe's New Sentinel Satellite

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The first satellite in the European Space Agency's new Earth-monitoring Sentinel mission is already sending photos home. The first photos are of land use in Belgium, flooding in Namibia, and glacial retreat and land cover monitoring in Antarctica. Read more...

SuperAwesome Rolls Up More Talent, Acqui-Hires Sales And Ad Teams From Kids Virtual World Bin Weevils

SuperAwesome, the European ad network and marketing platform for kids and teens, continues to roll up talent in the space. Read More

Europe's New Satellite Narrowly Avoided A Collision with Space Junk

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Just 34 hours after the European Space Agency's Sentinel-1A spacecraft separated from its carrier rocket, it nearly smashed into a dead NASA satellite. Read more...

In space, recycled urine has many uses

Astronauts have already gotten used to the idea of drinking their recycled urine. A new device could potentially use waste water for both drinking and for fuel. Photo by Flickr user European Space Agency Recycled urine is something astronauts are already psychologically prepared to consume when they go to outer space. Show More Summary

European Space Agency’s Sentinel Program Gives Us a Fresh Look at Earth

You already know satellites are watching us. But soon, thanks to the European Space Agency’s Sentinel program, they’re going to watch us much more effectively. The Sentinel-1a, which will monitor global climate, launched last week—but it’s the Copernicus Sentinel-2, scheduled for launch in 2015, that’s likely to...

Watch Earth Recede as the Sentinal-1A Satellite Blasts Into Space

When the Sentinel-1A satellite blasted into space from the European Space Agency's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana last week, it brought along a video camera. Launched by the Soyuz Fregat rocket, the Sentinel-1A carries an advanced...Show More Summary

This is a huge wall of solar cells being tested, ready to be installed in European Space Agency sate

This is a huge wall of solar cells being tested, ready to be installed in European Space Agency satellites. Solar arrays are a must-have for the majority of space missions, and virtually all spacecraft these days use thousands of individual solar cells to harvest power from the sun. (Photo credit: Airbus Defence and Space/ESA) Read more...

First Images Of “Galactic Serial Killer” Released

last weekOdd : Geekosystem

NGC 1316 is millions of light years away, but the European Space Observatory is still charging it with murder. Astronomers say this recently released image shows physical evidence that the the galaxy has a violent past of disrupting, destroying, and swallowing it neighbors.

ESA launches environmental monitoring satellite

The first of six satellites, the European Space Agency's new monitoring system will provide information about natural disasters

ESA's ExoMars Landing Sites Narrowed to Four --In Search for Ancient Organic Matter

Last week, 60 scientists met at ESA’s European Space Astronomy Centre near Madrid, and selected four potential landing sites for a European rover designed to search for preserved organic matter that, on the surface, might have been destroyed by harsh...

The first of Europe's new Earth-monitoring satellites launches today

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

If the first step in fixing a problem is knowing about it, then Earth's worry-list is about to get a lot longer. The European Space Agency is launching the first of six satellites designed to monitor the choppy environmental conditions down here on...

Even Packing For a Space Mission Looks Cool

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle Georges Lemaître will soon deliver over 2,600 kg of dry cargo to the International Space Station—and even packing it looks kinda fun. Read more...

Patti Smith touring, performing at The Greene Space (dates)

Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder) Patti Smith has multiple European dates coming up this year, but in the midst of that, she'll make an appearance in her hometown of NYC for "an evening of...

Will We Find Life on Mars in 2019?

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) are preparing a two-stage mission to look for life on Mars. Central to this mission is the sophisticated ExoMars rover, and last week British scientists gave it a sizable sandbox to play in: 300 tons...

Hubble Space Telescope Accidentally Creates Modern Art Thanks to Tracking System Error

3 weeks agoOdd : Laughing Squid

In this image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released by the European Space Agency, the telescope appears to have created some kind of modern art by accident. It’s believed that Hubble’s tracking system, which uses a guide star to compensate for gyroscopic drift in order to take images, accidentally locked onto something like [...]

Two Rings To Rule Them All: Amazing Space Discovery

We know know what the famous announcement by the European Southern Observatory is. They found an asteroid with ring! Two of them! …the remote asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings. Telescopes at seven locations in South America, including the 1.54-metre Danish and TRAPPIST telescopes at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile…

Waking beauty

YESTERDAY evening, at 18:16 GMT, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe roused itself after two-and-a-half years of slumber. Its first words? "Hello World!" Launched a decade ago, Rosetta is part of a mission to put a robotic lander on the back of a comet, 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, beyond the orbit of Jupiter, 800m kilometres away. Show More Summary

Amazing New Discovery In Outer Space by the ESO

The European Southern Observatory will make an announcement tomorrow (or later today depending on where you read this, but Wednesday) about an amazing new discovery they made in outer space. I’m not going to tell you what they found because it is top top secret. But it is very interesting and cool. What I can…

This Spacecraft Test Lab Has a Killer Sound System... Literally

3 weeks agoGenres / Horror : Fearnet

At the European Space Agency in the Netherlands, there's a special test chamber known as the Large European Acoustic Facility (LEAF) which measures the amount of damage that can be safely sustained by satellites and other spacecraft during a rocket liftoff. Photo: ESA/Space in Images Of course, there's only one way to replicate that level of noise. Show More Summary

Europe's Answer To the Space Shuttle Is Almost Ready For Prime Time

3 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The European Space Agency's next-gen re-entry vehicle is taking shape. Called IXV, it could pave the way to Europe's first independent astronaut mission. This scaled-down prototype, which is scheduled for its first automated launch and re-entry later this year, is deliberately modeled after the nose of NASA's Space Shuttle. Read more...

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